Bailey in 2008 with the Broncos
|Date of birth:||October 14, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Folkston, Georgia|
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|NFL draft:||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34|
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Rodney "Boss" Bailey (born October 14, 1979) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia. He is the brother of former NFL cornerback Champ Bailey.
Bailey appeared in 58 career games (51 starts), posting 265 tackles (204 solo), seven sacks (40.5 yds.) and two interceptions (32 yds.). He also registered 13 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven special-teams tackles for his career.
He was named All-Rookie by ESPN.com and Football Digest with Detroit in 2003 when he set a career high with 88 tackles (77 solo) as a 16-game starter. After missing the 2004 season with a knee injury, Bailey started all 11 games played in 2005 and had 58 tackles, one sack and one interception, which he returned 34 yards for a touchdown. He started eight games at strongside linebacker and four contests at middle linebacker for the Lions in 2006, appearing in all 16 games and totaling 67 tackles (51 solo) with one sack that year. In 2007, Bailey posted a career-high 3.5 sacks (16.0 yds.) while adding 51 tackles (37 solo), two pass breakups and one forced fumble in 15 games (12 starts) at strongside linebacker for Detroit.
On March 6, 2008, Boss signed a five-year contract worth $17.5 million that included $8 million in guarantees over the first two seasons. Bailey was released on June 17, 2009, ending his professional football career. 
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- "Boss Bailey". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Boss Bailey Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
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- Detroit Lions bio (archived)
- Georgia Bulldogs bio (archived)
- Player card at ESPN.com
- NFL Enterprises LLC: Boss Bailey